14 Shows to See in the West End in 2019
With a new year comes new shows! Some brilliant theatre is slated to open all over London in 2019. Skip the juice cleanses and the new gym membership, and make a resolution this year that will actually last beyond February – to treat yourself to more incredible theatre.
A mix of hit revivals, UK debuts, and much anticipated world premieres, these shows are expected to be particularly hot tickets across the West End. You won’t want to miss out, so keep your eyes peeled throughout the year to snag tickets to these remarkable productions.
“9 to 5 the Musical”
“9 to 5” is a fierce female-led musical from Dolly Parton, adapted from the cult classic ’80s film about three badass women taking down their sexist boss. The West End premiere opens 28 Jan. at the Savoy Theatre for a strictly limited run.
“Come From Away”
The Tony Award-winning musical is coming to the UK on 30 Jan. at the Phoenix Theatre. Witness the incredible true story of the heroism of a small Canadian community in the wake of 9/11.
“All About Eve”
Psychological thrillers are the hot ticket items right now, so it was only a matter of time before this bone-chilling drama was brought to the stage. Starring powerhouse actresses Lily James and Gillian Anderson and with Ivan van Hove at the helm, this is set to be an unmissable production. It opens 2 Feb. at the Noël Coward Theatre.
“The American Clock”
Giles Terrera, fresh off his turn in “Hamilton,” stars in this lesser-known gem by Arthur Miller set in the aftermath of the 1920s stock market crash. The production opens 4. Feb. at the Old Vic, making 2019 the year of Miller revivals, including “All My Sons” (also at the Old Vic), and a production of “Death of a Salesman” at the Young Vic later in the spring.
After its massive success on Broadway, the hit musical “Waitress,” with original music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, premieres in the West End on 8 Feb. at the Adelphi Theatre. Don’t miss Katharine McPhee who is returning to star in this heartwarming and delightful show.
“Only Fools and Horses”
For those who have missed the beloved BBC program, at long last you can experience it again as a musical! The television series by the late, great John Sullivan is given new life as an original musical written by his son Jim Sullivan and Paul Whitehouse, premiering 9 Feb. at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
If you’re looking for something with a dark edge, try “Alys, Always,” the potent new drama premiering at the Bridge Theatre on 25 Feb. Adapted from the widely lauded novel, this enthralling new thriller warns of what might happen when you succumb to the seductive draw of power and fortune.
Starring Tom Hiddleston of Marvel film fame, “Betrayal” is the highly anticipated finale to the Pinter at the Pinter series. The play is one of Pinter’s most celebrated, illuminating the damaging aftermath when betraying the trust of lovers and friends. The production opens 5 March at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
The hit feminist sensation returns after its sold-out run at Shakespeare’s Globe last year, opening 8 March at the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run in the West End. Be sure you don’t miss the show The Stage calls a “magnificent production,” filled to the brim with “wit, fierce intelligence and heady intensity” according to The Times.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Go, go, go this summer to the exciting revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical! This family favorite has been crowd pleaser since the ‘70s and is sure to captivate a new generation of fans in 2019, opening 26 June at the London Palladium.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are having a moment this summer with two of their most beloved shows running in London at the same time. Coming to the popular Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park on 2 Aug., the classic drama about Argentine First Lady and original diva Eva Peron is sure to be a hot ticket.
“Death of a Salesman”
Yet another monumental Arthur Miller production will be opening at the Young Vic this coming May, starring Sharon D. Clarke fresh off her star turn in “Caroline, or Change” and Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”) playing the tragic Lomans.
After major fanfare for the recent film release of “Mary Poppins Returns,” theatre fans will be hungry for this late-summer revival of the classic Disney musical. Since premiering in 2004, this delightful “spoonful of sugar” will go down as an easy ticket purchase for many a theatre lover. The production opens in September at the Prince Edward Theatre.
“Dear Evan Hansen”
As it continues to sell out on Broadway, the 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Musical is finally having its much awaited UK premiere in November at the Noël Coward Theatre. Follow Evan Hansen on his journey to find a sense of belonging, only to question whether it’s worth risking everything.